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Apr 19 2009

Executive Chef Robert Rizzuto Returns to NYIT’s de Seversky Center

Old Westbury, N.Y. (April 17, 2009)- New York Institute of Technology’s (NYIT) de Seversky Center announces that NYIT’s director of dining services, Robert Rizzuto, has returned to his role as executive chef. Joining chef Rizzuto and general manager Anthony Baffo to de Seversky Center’s staff is catering sales manager Eric Redlich, who has served as catering manager of Cradle of Aviation in Garden City, N.Y., general manager of the Bridge Hampton Tennis and Surf Club, and executive director of Andrews Catering in Islandia, N.Y

Rizzuto’s career at NYIT spans more than 30 years, during which time he also served as general manager of de Seversky Center. He is a graduate of the Culinary Institute of America and has studied in the kitchens of top chefs such as Daniel Boulud, Christian Delouvrier, and Alain Ducasse. He has worked for major hotels, top restaurants, and educational institutions throughout the eastern United States. In addition, Rizzuto is certified by the American Culinary Federation as both a Certified Executive Chef and a Certified Culinary Educator; he and his staff are honorees of the James Beard Society; he was one of 10 candidates chosen to be interviewed for the position of sous chef at the White House under George H.W. Bush; and he is a popular contributor to a variety of local and regional media.

With this new management structure, NYIT’s de Seversky Center now has special menus, monthly tastings, and packages to suit every dining and budgetary need. Executive chef Rizzuto is also available to sit down with clients and the media to create tailored menus, offering a variety of his custom-designed cooking stations, and award-winning specialties.

About NYIT’s de Seversky Center
NYIT’s de Seversky Center is a premier conference and dining facility and a popular setting for weddings, business meetings, and other celebratory occasions. The center is named for well-known Russian aviator Alexander P. de Seversky, who played a key role in NYIT’s acquisition of the estate in 1972.

An award-winning executive chef, impeccable service, and an elegant historic setting are just a few reasons that de Seversky has become a favorite North Shore destination. The center is located on NYIT’s Old Westbury, N.Y., campus on Northern Boulevard, just east of Glen Cove Road. For a list of upcoming events, to schedule an appointment for a tour of the mansion, or to speak with a catering manager, please call 516.686.7675. The sales office is open 7 days a week, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., with evening appointments available upon request. In addition, de Seversky Center offers off-premises catering. For more information, call 516.686.1440 or visit

About NYIT
NYIT is the college of choice for more than 15,000 students enrolled in more than 100 specialized courses of study leading to undergraduate, graduate, and professional degrees in academic areas such as architecture and design; arts and sciences; education; engineering and computing sciences; health professions, behavioral, and life sciences; management; and osteopathic medicine. As a private, nonprofit, independent institution of higher learning, NYIT embraces an educational philosophy of career-oriented professional education for all qualified students and supports applications-oriented research to benefit the greater global community. Students attend classes at NYIT’s campuses in Manhattan and Long Island, as well as online and in a number of programs throughout the world. To date, more than 77,000 alumni have earned degrees at NYIT. For more information, visit

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